Study Guide

A Perfect Day for Bananafish Writing Style

By J.D. Salinger

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Writing Style


Salinger is so famous for his tell-tale writing style, we figured we would just call it what it is. Observe all of these typical Salinger trademarks:

  • Italicized words for emphasis give the dialogue a natural phonetic feel.
  • Incomplete sentences reflect the way people really talk.
  • Physical movements are described in poignant, conscientious detail.
  • The narrator is removed from the action but intimately aware of what's important.
In short, you should be able to recognize this as trademark-Salinger even in a dark alley on a windless night.

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